“Here’s what populism is not,” Hightower told my colleague Bill Moyers. “It is not just an incoherent outburst of anger. And certainly it is not anger that is funded and organized by corporate front groups, as the initial tea party effort — though there is legitimate anger within it, in terms of the people who are there.
“What populism is at its essence is just a determined focus on helping people be able to get out of the iron grip of the corporate power that is overwhelming our economy, our environment, energy, the media, government.”
“So you can’t say, ‘Let’s get rid of government.’ You need to be saying, ‘Let’s take over government.'”